Mashrou' Leila are a four-piece band based in Beirut. Their rousing, sensual electro-pop anthems about political freedoms, LGBT rights, race, religion and modern Arabic identity have challenged the status quo of the Middle-Eastern pop industry.
The loose collective of students who began jamming together in 2008 at the American University of Beirut has gradually focused into an ambitious, fiercely articulate quartet: vocalist/lyricist Hamed Sinno, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Firas Abou Fakher, violinist Haig Papazian, and drummer Carl Gerges. And the music they make has focused, too, into a charged, atmospheric version of pop that is geographically impossible to place and delivered with a critically acclaimed must-see live show.
The lyrics draw on their collective experiences, which the band shares with the youth of the Middle East and addresses the need for self-expression and a judgment-free culture -- a notion often stifled in a conservative society. With their relevant and charged lyrics, their music has resonated with an ever-growing number of fans all over the globe, gaining international recognition for the band, plus an engaged and rapidly growing following on social media.
Described as ‘the voice of their generation’ and ’the most successful Arabic-language band internationally’ by CNN and The Guardian respectively, Mashrou’ Leila mark their 10th anniversary with the release of The Beirut School- a compilation of their classic tracks and new material and accompanying world tour.